Mint Street Park
Mint Street has become a centre for our Bankside community. The largest green park in Bankside it now has great links to our much loved Adventure Playground, a community stage, a renewed play area with a great rocky climbing wall, and a ball court. Everyone admires the gorgeous planting maintained by people from the nearby St Mungo’s Hostel and we run weekly gardening sessions which are to open to all to attend.
A decade ago Mint Street Park was a semi-derelict open space with a reputation for crime and anti-social behaviour. BOST brought together the local community, with support from Southwark Council and the then ODPM, to address the needs of key user groups including homeless people, parents, and young people, all of whom were to play a role in improving the space, resulting in the transformed park you see today.
Many people still living remember with affection the original Evelina Children’s Hospital which stood here 1869 – 1976 and made important inroads into tackling the high rate of childhood diseases prevalent in the crowded Victorian streets of Bankside. We are working now to ensure that this park continues as a healthy place, providing green respite from the busy urban grind.
Mint Street Park is on Southwark Bridge Road, and Marshalsea Road, SE1